Archive for the ‘Pepper Spray advice from U-Spy’ Category
Wednesday, April 17th, 2013
An officer was forced to pepper-spray a dog following a DUI traffic stop, according to the Camden Police Department.
The report said on Saturday, an officer on patrol observed a black Toyota Corolla driving erratically on Chestnut Street.
The officer then activated his lights, but the vehicle ignored his signals, the report stated.
When the car finally pulled over, the officer was unable to exit his vehicle due to a large German Sheppard that was gnawing at his front and rear bumper cover. (more…)
Friday, February 1st, 2013
Yes they should! Your life may depend on it. With the increase in crime/attacks today, for example the Loyola rapist, the Lincolnshire sledgehammer assault, and the coyote attacks pepper spray and personal alarms are becoming increasingly popular to fight off a would-be assailant.
The reason you should carry a personal alarm and/or pepper spray is if you’re out walking the dog late at night or getting off work late at night you should always be prepared for the unthinkable. If being attacked having a personal alarm will scare off a would-be attacker and draw attention to yourself. If you’re being attacked and have pepper spray, spraying the attacker would disorient the person, burn their eyes, make it difficult for them to breathe, and give you enough time to get away.
Personal alarms come in all different types of sizes some ranger no larger than a golf ball while others can range in size as big as a cell phone. Most have a flashlight built in and a panic button to sound off a piercing alarm. Some also may have a pull tab which activates an alarm when pulled or detached from the main unit.
Pepper sprays normally come in aerosol type containers, some no larger than a tube of lipstick. Some are small enough to attach to a key chain. Some are disguised as a pager or baton. Most of these sprays can be fired several times and have a range between 8 and 20 feet, depending on model and size.
If you have to use your pepper spray in self-defense, make sure that you have some distance between you and your attacker if possible. You don’t want the spray to affect you. Aim the spray at the chest to avoid missing if you aim at the face, then release a 1 to 2 second burst of spray. After spraying the attacker, carefully move away while keeping your eyes on them. If you keep an eye on the attacker you will be able to tell if further sprays are needed. Once the attacker is incapacitated, seek help and call the police. Though it may not seem “cool” to carry pepper spray it’s better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
Wednesday, February 1st, 2012
This is the type of story you see in a bad Lifetime movie – a suspense/drama thriller that goes beyond the norm of what “normal” people will do. I can’t imagine how this poor woman has lived out such a real nightmare for so many years.
After nearly two decades, Tracy Lundeen can stop hiding. The man who has stalked her since 1994, since the two were middle schoolers in Renton, Seattle, has been sentenced to more than 26-years in prison. Prosecutors are calling this the longest sentence for stalking in memory.
Shawn Moul, 31, received the exceptionally long felony stalking sentence last week after a jury found he “demonstrated an egregious lack of remorse” for his actions. At one point, Moul had reportedly threatened to cut out the heart of a deputy prosecutor unless he turned over Lundeen’s address and phone number.
Moul began stalking classmate Tracy Lundeen in 1994. Lundeen saw him at the school library struggling with his homework and offered to help him. Afterwards, Lundeen said Moul began following her and wrote her more than 100 letters. The letters alternated between threatening her and vowing to kill himself. He also contacted Lundeen’s family members and demanded that she contact him. (more…)
Monday, November 28th, 2011
It seems that every year for about the past eight years or so we hear about some form of shopping violence taking place on Black Friday. Remember the time a man was trampled to death? What has happened to our society when an Xbox 360, or any commodity, causes people to physically harm others in hopes of getting an item or getting it on sale? It’s just a game people. It’s not like there is a food or water shortage – where you might understand people acting desperately or irrationally.
I saw stories on the news where people were staked out in their tents in store parking lots days before Black Friday. This big shopping day of the year has truly gotten out of hand. Most often, there are no real deals to be had. Marketers and advertisers draw people in with the use of one item or a few items and know that once the shopper is in the store, they will buy other items that are not on sale. Parents panic that they will not have the most up-to-date Xbox for their children on Christmas morning or during Hanukkah. I learned as a child at Christmas or Hanukkah that you don’t always get everything you want – that’s not a bad lesson. If you really want your child to have the latest and greatest item, wait for the sales after Christmas. Don’t worry, you will find the item(s). Stores just like to create demand by making you think there is a limited supply of certain items at a great price.
Los Angeles police are still deciding whether to pursue charges against a woman who allegedly used pepper spray while shopping at a Walmart Thanksgiving night in Porter Ranch, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times.
LA Police Officer Bruce Borihanh told the paper, “We have a ton of witnesses and victims to interview.”
The pepper-spraying woman did turn herself in Friday night. I have read reports stating that the number of people (including children) who were injured are from 10-15 people. NBC News reported police said no more than 15 were hurt, 10 of them from the effects of inhalation of pepper spray.
The unidentified woman was released pending further investigation after she refused to discuss the incident, police said Saturday.
Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Administrators are investigating a Norfolk school security guard’s use of pepper spray during a food fight.
The incident occurred during lunch last Tuesday at the cafeteria of Lafayette-Winona Middle School. Norfolk Public Schools spokesperson Elizabeth Mather said that the officer used pepper spray to break up the fight.
37 students who complained of physical symptoms following the pepper spray were examined by the school nurse, and their parents were contacted. A concerned parent wrote 10 On Your Side saying the spray caused some of the kids with asthma to get sick.
“It was just terrible in there,” 12-year-old Derrell Hairston said.
“He stayed up all night coughing and gagging. I just feel like you can’t treat these kids like animals … they’re going to act like animals,” Hairston’s mom, Tyheshia, added.
Norfolk Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Richard Bentley said, “I’d be upset absolutely I don’t blame the parents for being upset I understand that.”
According to school security officer policy, the security officer must give a warning and only use the pepper spray when lesser forms of force don’t work. (more…)
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
Instead of the bad guys, it was Seattle’s most prolific self-styled superhero that ended up in handcuffs.
Police officers arrested the 23-year-old man who calls himself Phoenix Jones early Sunday after he was accused of assaulting several people with pepper spray. He was booked in county jail on four counts of assault, with arraignment set for Thursday, police said Monday.
Jones, who wears a black mask with yellow stripes and a bulging muscle bodysuit, said he was only trying to stop a street brawl.
“Just because he’s dressed up in costume, it doesn’t mean he’s in special consideration or above the law. You can’t go around pepper spraying people because you think they are fighting,” said Seattle police spokesman Det. Mark Jamieson. (more…)
Monday, October 10th, 2011
The fall season is a time when we are tempted to sleep with open windows. Who doesn’t like that crisp, autumn air and a chance to turn off our air-conditioners? Unfortunately, open windows pose a security risk.
Recent news stories have covered several home invasions in the city of Chicago. These invasions took place in what are typically known as quiet, safe neighborhoods. Burglars entered through open windows. Fortunately, burglars (who were entering between the hours of 3:00 a.m. – 6:00 a.m.) haven’t thus far awakened those sleeping in the homes. They stole valuables, but no one was faced with the unknown of what could happen if a burglar is caught in the act.
There are many ways to keep your home and family safe that won’t break the bank. When you think of the money we all spend on unnecesary items, I think it’s safe to say securing your safety is worth the investment.
For starters, statistics show that burglars will avoid homes that are well lit, have alarm systems and surveillance cameras. Invest in some lights for the outside of your home. You can install lights that remain on at all times or motion detector lights. The one I’ve linked here comes on when someone crosses its path and then begins to record/film the area. U-Spy Store carries many affordable home alarms systems that don’t require monthly monitoring fees. If burglars see any of these protection devices, they will choose another home that isn’t protected and prepared.
Consider installing indoor motion detectors. We even carry a motion detector that is “pet immune” for pets weighing up to 60 lbs. Place wireless motion alert alarms in your driveway or near your garage. If an intruder is on your property, these detectors will set off alarms.
You can also install “glass break alarms” on your windows or sliding glass doors. If you must sleep with an open window, there are products that will allow your window to remain open, but allow you to lock the window in a position that prevents it from being opened further. However, for added security, I would install the glass break alarms I mentioned above.
Lastly, keep your cell phone near your bed while sleeping. If any of the products you may decide to purchase have remotes with panic buttons, keep them near your bed. They won’t do you any good if you can’t access them immediately. I also keep pepper spray next to my bed. Although I hope to never be a victim of a crime, I do know I will be prepared to defend myself if someone enters my home.
Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
Young women face the highest rates of dating violence and sexual assault. Nineteen percent of women (nearly 1 in 5) report experiencing sexual assault while in college. Many of these assaults occur when the offender, often an acquaintance, has targeted and isolated a young woman in vulnerable circumstances. Dating violence also disproportionately affects young women in this demographic. Young people turn to each other for help more often than they turn to parents, but most don’t know how to intervene if a friend needs help. Moreover, sixty percent of college students who have been in an abusive relationship say no one helped them. Websites, hotlines and resources are available for those who have experienced or are currently experiencing violence and abuse.
There are tools women (and men) can use to try and protect themselves from a potential attack. For example, carrying pepper spray or a personal alarm is highly recommended. In addition, GPS trackers can assist others in locating you should you need immediate help. Always tell someone if you are going on a date, especially with someone new, and what time you expect to return. This way, if someone suspects foul play, they can give authorities this information and also let them know you have a GPS tracking device. You could also install video surveillance equipment in your dorm room or home as an added measure of security. (more…)